CHA News Article

Warning, Recommendations Emphasize Use of Diluted Acetic Acid

The CHA Medication Safety Committee reminds all health care providers about the Institute for Safe Medication Practices’ (ISMP) warning regarding the consequences of accidental application of “glacial” acetic acid (≥ 99.5 percent) to skin or mucous membranes. Because inadvertent application of the corrosive chemical can lead to serious and permanent damage, the ISMP urges health care providers to take immediate steps to ensure only diluted forms are used in patient care. The complete warning and seven immediate recommendations to prevent serious error are available at www.ismp.org/nan/files/20130121.pdf.

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